2018 Austin Changemaker Series

The AIGA Austin Changemaker Series unites teams of creative professionals with nonprofits and social Change Organizations to use design thinking, sustainable frameworks and creative tools to help advance their mission.

We’re looking for creative professionals and social Change Organizations and nonprofits to apply to participate in the series. Come to the Changemaker Happy Hour on March 1st and subscribe to email updates to learn more about the series and how you can join one of our project teams and use your creative skills to help our community.

Once applicants are selected, we’ll pair small groups of creative professionals with their respective Change Organization. These multi-functional teams will work together throughout the summer to tackle some of the organizations’ trickiest challenges using design thinking.

This year’s cause will be announced at the March 1st Changemaker Happy Hour.

Apply To Be A Changemaker

Creative professionals, use your design superpowers for good and learn new skills to help grow your tool chest.

  • Applications for Creative Team Participants open on March 1st

Nonprofits and social Change Organizations, find creative ideas for your challenging problems.

  • Applications for Nonprofit and Change Organization Partners open on March 1st

We want nonprofits and social Change Organizations to apply to be part of the series. We’re looking for committed clients who are able to devote time to the series, share knowledge about their organization and mission, and actively collaborate with their creative professional team members.

Questions? Check out the Changemaker FAQs to read through the most frequently asked questions, or email

Applications for creative professionals and nonprofits/Change Organizations close Sunday, April 15th at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Changemaker Series Process



Accepted applicants shall be assembled into teams that will participate in a mandatory, two-day intensive human-centered design bootcamp. Together you will:

  • Meet your team members and Change Organization partners
  • Learn design thinking theory and methods taught by local design leaders and educators
  • Work with your Change Organization to understand their needs and the challenge at hand and begin research
  • Formulate a creative brief and other plans to tackle your challenge

Progress made during the Workshop Weekend will be a foundation for the work done over the summer. Check out this blog post to read about one of these inspiring weekends.



Project teams will work closely together over the course of four months to conduct research, develop, and implement sustainable solutions to address your challenge.  Changemaker organizers will provide support when needed, including setting up team check-in events. These check-ins serve as opportunities for teams to swap best practices, pool resources, ask for help, and stay on track with their Change Organization partners.


SHOWCASE / September

The Showcase is a celebration of the work accomplished by the Changemaker project teams with a party and exhibition. We welcome everybody to come party with us, learn more about our participating Change Organizations and the team projects, and get inspired by how design thinking can help address local social causes. Eat, drink, and be inspired with the larger community!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about the series? Want to know more about how it works and where you fit in?

Get answers to our most frequently asked questions here.

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